Francesca joined Harris Hagan shortly after it was established in October 2004 and was recognised as an Associate to watch in Chambers UK 2021, 2022 and 2023.
Specialising in all aspects of online and land-based gambling law, Francesca advises land-based and online gambling businesses (B2C and B2B), as well as many start-ups. She advises on legal classification, non-remote and remote licence applications, premises licensing, personal applications, change of corporate control applications, transaction due diligence, general compliance and reporting requirements, compliance assessments, regulatory investigations, corporate evaluations, operating and personal licence reviews, and developing associated remedial compliance programmes and action plans.
Francesca also advises clients on all aspects of liquor and entertainment licensing law, including preparing and submitting applications in relation to premises licences, provisional statements for projects under development and temporary event notices for special events. She also has experience in carrying out due diligence work for clients acquiring new premises.
In her spare time, Francesca enjoys travelling and mini breaks, reading and going to the theatre and ballet.
University of Northumbria, 2004
University of Derby, 2000
Law Society of England & Wales, 2015
Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, 2013
Associate to watch, Chambers UK 2023
Key Lawyer, The Legal 500 2023
Associate to watch, Chambers UK 2022
Key Lawyer, The Legal 500 2022
Associate to watch, Chambers UK 2021
“She demonstrates an enthusiasm for her chosen sector and her unflappable, hard-working and ‘can do’ approach are much valued by her clients.” Chambers UK 2023
“Fran has always delivered clear and pragmatic advice and handled our matters with a huge degree of efficiency.” Chambers UK 2023
“John Hagan and Francesca Burnett-Hall provide prompt and timely advice, and help keep us focused and on track on longer projects. They are knowledgeable and willing to provide challenge in a constructive way.” The Legal 500 2023
“She is diligent and has consummate attention to detail”. Chambers UK 2022
Institute of Licensing
Co-author, UK chapter, The Legal 500 Country Comparative Guide on Gambling Law